id Software has tinkered with the price of DOOM Classic [$1.99] more than ten or so times since its release in mid-2009, but it hasn’t thrown in an update or tweak… until now. I’m still kinda stunned that the studio even bothered considering the age of this iteration of the shooter, but I’m also pretty jazzed about version 2.0, which adds retina support, universal support, a new menu layout, and a few “minor bug fixes.” On the other hand, it's also applied the same update pass on Wolfenstein 3D: Classic Platinum [$.99]. Wolfenstein, as I'm sure many of you noticed, has been updated several times in the past, unlike DOOM.

Another bit of good news regarding these titles: both are now much cheaper. DOOM Classic’s price is now down from $6.99 to just $1.99, while Wolfenstein's is now just $.99 from $1.99. That's a total of, like, six or so dollars worth of savings between the two! I think!

We’ve little indication of why either these price drops or the updates have happened. I can’t even conjure a solid marketing reason -- id has been crunching on RAGE as it finally spirals towards a release, but the fledgling series has nothing to do with the DOOM, so there’s no immediate gain. Wait, on second thought, I guess QuakeCon is happening right now, so this might just be a fan rewards kind of deal. Either way, both games are wicked cheap!

UPDATE: Included the information about Wolfenstein and remember QuakeCon was happening. Thanks for the heads up on the former, guys.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    F*CK YEAH DOOM!!

  • NeoTrunks

    Wolfenstein 3D also got the same treatment. Both play awesome on my 1st gen iPad.

  • http://blog.finefin.com Finefin

    dammit, not available in germany because it's still banned here, can you believe it?
    same thing with wolfenstein 3d, btw. german authorities don't like swastikas in games...

    • HisDivineOrder

      Clearly, Germans subscribe to the logic that, "Those that forget the past, never think about it, are forced to be unable to think about it, and actively prevented from thinking about it... will not be doomed to repeat it."

      • Anonymous

        That applies to the whole world when you think about it. Even when our past is well known we repeat the same mistakes (private central banks and constant warfare). Actually the best thing to do is to forget the past to a degree. That's the only way the world will get along. For example, the USA supports has allies that are dictators in countries with poor human rights records. Yet they pulled the 'regime change' card out on Iraq and continue to threaten Iran with it when we could just try to get along and go from there. A certain nuclear-armed nation has something to do with it though...

      • TimC

        Yes, from high taxes to the welfare state to trying to pacify dictators, the US still repeats these mistakes again and again. Hopefully we will cease to do so in the future.

      • TimC

        Yes, from high taxes to the welfare state to trying to pacify dictators, the US still repeats these mistakes again and again. Hopefully we will cease to do so in the future.

      • TimC

        Yes, from high taxes to the welfare state to trying to pacify dictators, the US still repeats these mistakes again and again. Hopefully we will cease to do so in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

    Now we just need iCADE and iControlPad support!

  • Richard

    It seems like Wolf3D also got the Spear of Destiny missions; were those there before?

    • http://www.facebook.com/hammid Hammid Shahrokni

      Yes, they were! Wold3D Platinum for iPhone/iPod touch had them too.

  • Anonymous

    I hope in the future that Universal will include OSX as well.  I'd love to fire this up and some other iOS games on my mac.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Mader/100000347179097 Chris Mader

      Uh, you know there's this thing call Doom Legacy. Let's you play Doom on your Mac. I haven't used it in ages since giving up on Macs but it worked well last time I gave it a shot.

      http://sourceforge.net/projects/doomlegacy/

    • http://twitter.com/Projectwolfie Chris Overbee

      I just put it through Boxer, works great.

      http://boxerapp.com/

  • Chris_cavallaro

    Is this a Rails shooter?

    • Adams Immersive

      No, it’s free-moving... but it’s not quite a modern-style shooter, either: the control and game play (not just the graphics) are more simplistic. Because this one of the earliest first-person shooters. Own a piece of history!

    • Baba

      No, full doom. Same as the pc.

    • http://profiles.google.com/3rdxlucky Don Hues

      seriously?  Yr not familiar with DOOM?  Wow, kids these days!  lol...

      no, its not a rail shooter.  Its an early FPS - precursor to todays CODs and Halos.

      These updates almost make me wonder if its at all possible a Quake release might be on the horizon.  I'd love to add that to the library of classic goodness.  :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/3rdxlucky Don Hues

      seriously?  Yr not familiar with DOOM?  Wow, kids these days!  lol...

      no, its not a rail shooter.  Its an early FPS - precursor to todays CODs and Halos.

      These updates almost make me wonder if its at all possible a Quake release might be on the horizon.  I'd love to add that to the library of classic goodness.  :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/3rdxlucky Don Hues

      seriously?  Yr not familiar with DOOM?  Wow, kids these days!  lol...

      no, its not a rail shooter.  Its an early FPS - precursor to todays CODs and Halos.

      These updates almost make me wonder if its at all possible a Quake release might be on the horizon.  I'd love to add that to the library of classic goodness.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=197800624 Colin Matthews

    It's a shame they seem to have removed multiplayer!

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      Yeah wtf? That f*cking sucks! Also, the new UI doesn't match the retro feel of the game, they're trying to modernize it. They screwed this thing all up.

      • Rafael Brown

        Multiplayer will not be permanently gone. Expect it to return more robustly in a future update.

  • Gabriel

    Still not selling in Mexico... :( What? are they racist??? Also, when do we get DOOM II???

  • Spajdr

    Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum also get same update as Doom Classic

  • Spajdr

    Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum also get same update as Doom Classic

  • Dragon

    The price reduction is due to quake con, all id titles are on sale.

  • http://twitter.com/daverj Dave Whittle

    How well does it play on iPad?

    • http://profiles.google.com/3rdxlucky Don Hues

      very very well indeed.  On Ipad2 at least...

  • http://twitter.com/r618 A

    like there has to be a solid marketing reason behind everything

  • bob

    to bad that this game along with almost every other id game got removed from the norwegian app store...

  • http://www.facebook.com/OoOoOomonkey John Usher

    Sweet picked this up it's been years since I've played doom. Worth it for the nostalgia alone.

  • Jacob17

    This is one of the best games on the app store, if you don't already own Doom, now is the time to buy it.

  • The9quad

    The sale could be because this is day one of quakecon 2011, it's iD's big event every year in texas.

  • Ecco6t9

    They can update this, but still no Doom 2?

    • Anonymous

      Considering that the iOS version was made off of one of the source ports, Doom 2 would be as simple as firing this edition up with a new wad file. The development work would be very minimal. Since they've finally updated it and lowered the price, I am going to guess Doom 2 isn't far behind either as DLC or a stand alone title

      • Ecco6t9

        That thought occurred to me too, They could call this Doom Classics afterwards.

  • Anonymous

    I paid $7 for it and thought it was worth that. Definitely recommend it for $2, especially now that it has retina and iPad support.

    I hadn't played Doom in over a decade and was skeptical because I thought it would be way too dated to play but that wasn't the case (at least for me). The default control seemed awkward at first but after getting use to it after five or so minutes I thought it was perfect. That's what made me realize that even though we prefer buttons, button-based games can be adapted and still be very playable on a touch screen. Just gotta break out of our comfort zone. I still think it's blasphemous for a console FPS player to prefer analog sticks to keyboard and mouse. Especially when they don't realize the auto-aim built in to console FPS games. Speaking of auto aim, Doom iOS has a bit of that which also helps.

    There did seem to be a bug at first. After the update, the default control was tiny as if it booted up in iPad mode. After going to the menu screen it was normal.

  • Nudgenudge

    Quick tip: if you put 4 fingers on the screen during the game, a keyboard appears to enter the old-school cheat codes (iddqd, idkfa).

  • mattski

    Pretty sure Doom 2 is close behind - note the (new) double barrel shotgun slot in the weapon selection screen.

  • KC

    how does one get to the user created maps in wolfenstein? this update is bad.